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Ralph Bischofberger

Between May 15 and 20, a book celebrating Ralph J. Bischofberger’s life will be in the building housing the city of Los Angels fireman’s reunion at the Nevada County Fairgrounds. Mr. Bischofberger passed away on March 5 at his home in Grass Valley. He was 87.

Mr. Bischofberger was born on Jan. 3, 1920, to Emil and Elise (Guggenbuehl) Bischofberger in Oakland.

Mr. Bischofberger spent six years in the Navy – November 1940 to October 1946 – as a chief gunner’s mate.



He graduated from Van Nuys High School and attended Los Angeles Valley College in the San Fernando Valley.

On Sept. 7, 1946, Mr. Bischofberger married Betty Jean Bennie in Reno, Nev.




He was an fireman for the city of Los Angeles for 30 years. As a side business, Mr. Bischofberger built greenhouses in the 1950s and 1960s for farmers in the Ventura and Los Angeles County area.

He was member of the Los Angeles Fire Department and the American Legion Veterans Administration.

Mr. Bischofberger’s hobbies included reading, camping and baking. For more than two decades, he made 25 carrot cakes a year. Twenty were for the City of Los Angeles’ fireman’s reunion and five were for his daughter, Nancy.

Mr. Bischofberger is survived by his daughter, Nancy Jepson of Grass Valley; grandchildren Danny Deane of Grass Valley, Tandra Webb of Grass Valley and Michael and Seanna Bischofberger of Lancaster; and five great-grandchildren, with another one on the way.

Memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of the Foothills in Grass Valley or to the City of Los Angeles’ Fireman’s Relief Association for Widows and Orphans.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Neptune Society.


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